Top 5 managers at 2018 FIFA World Cup
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will see several world class players, but the quality of the squad is never enough to win the coveted trophy. Managers play a major role in victories. From their tactical prowess, formation choices and choosing right players, good managers win you close ties. Here we look at the top 5 managers at 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 2016 European Championship winners may not be outright favorites to win the World Cup, but they are the dark horses of this coveted event. Santos has developed the Portuguese team into a solid defensive unit The over dependency on Ronaldo has diminished as defensive stability is the new focus. This is how they won the 2016 Euro. He has 64.71 win-percentage with Portugal.
The 53-year-old Julen Lopetegui has been a revelation since joining Spain as their manager. He guided Spain through the World Cup Qualifiers without losing a game and even defeated Italy 3-0. With Julen at the helm, Spain go into the tournament as favorites. He has several winners in the side and his tactical prowess is commendable.
Brazil will be wanting to do well under Tite after a heart-breaking semis loss under Carlos Dunga in the 2014 edition. The south American giants had an excellent World Cup qualifying campaign and were top of their game. Tite has world class names at his disposal and also an added depth. Tite has brought in a lot of flair and cohesion in the side.
The former Sevilla manager had guided Chile to a Copa America title win in 2015. He became the manager of Argentina in 2017, but did not enjoy a successful qualifying campaign. They somewhat scraped through the Qualifiers, but Sampaoli has the experience to get his side do the talking. His pressing game and attacking fluidity will be valuable for a team dependent on Messi.
Low is probably the most experienced and settled manager to go to Russia this term. He won the 2014 World Cup besides the Confederations Cup in 2017. He has been consistent with the German side, guiding them to two Euro semis and a final, besides a 3rd place finish in 2010 World Cup. He knows the team well and comes in with a plan.